Nepal´s landscapes are as manifold as its culture(s): they extend from valleys densely covered with dark forests, barren slopes with rubble to high mountain peaks topped with ice and snow. A multitude of Buddhist temples across the country invite people to come in and meditate.
Nepal is very famous for a special kind of tourism activities: Trekking – Nepal travel (see Intakt-Reisen for an overview) is the synonym for climbing the highest mountains of the world.
So, if you plan to undertake a trekking tour in Nepal bring along warm clothing, strong trekking boots and a sleeping bag suited for temperatures below zero in any case. Especially the nights can get very cold up in these heights.
While around Kathmandu the infrastructure with hotels, streets and shops is quite good, the journey along the rural roads can increase in adventurousness the farther one gets from the touristic centers. On the other hand, you will be able to enjoy the loneliness of nature while hiking from village to village.
The best tour to experience the vast dimensions of the Himalaya is a trekking tour around the Annapurna Range. Including two days in Kathmandu, the tour is conceived for 22 days, the highest point during the trek being the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Before the ascent, take a whole day in Manang for acclimatization and rest – you need to be in good shape for the crossing!
Another popular trekking route leads from the former kingdom of Gorkha around the impressive glacier world of the Manaslu (8,163 m). The route offers changing, impressive views every day. Again, the highest point will be a pass – the 5,135 m high Larkya La. On your way you get the opportunity to visit traditional villages of the Magaren and Gurung people.
Even if you do not plan to ascend the highest mountain in the world, the famous Mount Everest (8,848 m), you can try to get a feeling for this adventure through a visit to the legendary Mount Everest Base Camp which is situated at an elevation of 5,364 m.
Prior to the camp, you ascend the 5,550 m high Kala Pattar, and if you still feel fit enough you can even get higher during an optional ascend of the 6,189 m high Island Peak(permits at extra cost).
But not every visitor is that keen on mountaineering. Some want to enjoy the views of all the 8.000ers but “only” do some light hiking in the Himalaya valleys. Explore the cultural highlights of the Royal Valley like the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
The holy inner temple is only allowed for devout Hindus, but anyone can visit the outer temple which is impressive on its own.
The idyllic town of Pokhara (927 m) is situated on the shores of Lake Phewa, with fantastic views of the almost 7,000 m high Machhapuchhre – similar to the Swiss Alps! Enjoy a boat tour across the lake or a short biking tour around the beautiful town.
Nepal is not all mountains and snow: in the south of the country, bordering on India, you find subtropical green slopes and a must-see on your Nepal voyage: the Chitwan National Park where by chance you can look a rhino directly into the eyes.
More adventurous guests can prolong their tour with wild water rafting or a visit to neighboring Tibet to circle round the holy mountain Kailash on a traditional route, the so-called “Kora”.